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Students, mothers honored at halftime
Students from Liberty Elementary School’s third-, fourth- and fifth-grade persuasive writing classes pose with members of the Hinesville Hurricanes, Beaufort Broncos, ’Canes coach James Sharp and school Principal Chris Anderson during halftime of Saturday’s game. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

During intermission at Saturday’s pre-season game featuring the Hinesville Hurricanes and the Beaufort Broncos, Liberty County Elementary students and mothers were recognized. Students received accolades for writing sponsorship letters on behalf of the Hinesville team and moms received gifts a day shy of Mother’s Day.

In April, students were given a persuasive writing assignment to help the Hurricanes gather sponsorships and raise money for new uniforms. The top three letters from the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes were distributed and the children posed for photographs with the team captains of the Broncos and Hurricanes.

The students’ letters apparently hit their marks as the team took the field sporting brand new uniforms.

At halftime, trophies were awarded to the letter writers by Hurricanes head coach James Sharp and Liberty Elementary School Principal Chris Anderson.

"We really want to thank these kids, teacher Reyna Reinhardt and Principal Chris Anderson," Sharp said. "They did what they did to help us out."

After the students received their trophies, Sharp asked all the moms in the audience to step onto the field where the players gave them gifts.

"This is such a wonderful thing for the kids and the mothers that are out here," Anderson said.

Sharp said he was grateful to Food Lion on General Screven for donating water, soda and honey buns for fans to enjoy free of charge during the game.

"The crowd was able to stay hydrated and enjoyed themselves," the coach said. "We are very thankful to Food Lion."

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